A New Approach to Advent

This year I will be introducing an alternative Advent Series that is based on what I call the four fundamentals of God. These are life, love, power, and intelligence. These four fundamentals express as enthusiasm, understanding, strength, and order. Through December, each Sunday talk will carry the corresponding themes of Life/enthusiasm, Love/understanding, Power/strength, and Intelligence/order.

Our Advent wreath will consist of five candles. At the center is the white Christ candle. A different color candle will be lit each Sunday to match the topic. Life = green, Love = red or pink, Power = blue, and Intelligence = yellow. The series will culminate as our Christmas Eve candle lighting service, which is based on my spiritual interpretation of each of the elements of the Christmas story.

The traditional tone of Advent is one of hope for a brighter future with the advent of the return of Christ; that is, the second coming of Jesus. The tone of this series will be one of a present awakening to the underlying Creative Life Force we call God. This is the source of our soul, our individuality. Touching this realm frees us from the rote restrictions of tradition-thinking and opens us to the living essence that stirs us to new levels of genuine inner peace and freedom.

If you can’t join us in person for this series, you can certainly join us online. As usual, links to the talks will be posted here, on our Unity Talks Online page, and on our website: http://unitygj.org.

The Truth About The Law of Attraction (video)

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Much has been written about the law of attraction and the possible role it can play in enhancing every aspect of our life. In simple terms, it’s the understanding that, coupled with a sound plan of action, we can turn our thoughts into things and conditions. Unfortunately, there are those who give the impression that by merely visualizing and affirming wealth or some other desirable condition, the universe will go to work to lay it at our feet with little or no effort on our part.

It’s important to understand that we do not invoke any natural law. The law of attraction has always been in play. Our life, in fact, is the result of this law in action. To think we can suddenly begin visualizing prosperity when we’ve spent much of each waking day battling thoughts of lack is to overlook another law that actually sets the tone and direction for the law of attraction. This is the law of expression. How you see yourself determines what you will attract.

The law of expression involves conscious union with your soul, or as Paul Tillich called it, the ground of being. When you touch this spiritual dimension, its qualities radiate through your being and your consciousness. Jesus put it in different terms but with the same meaning: Seek first the kingdom of God (the law of expression), and all these things will be added (the law of attraction – Matthew 6:33).

When we seek to invoke the law of attraction from a disposition of lack – an inadequate self-image – we attract matching conditions. You can visualize huge piles of money all day long, but if you’re doing it from a fear-based, lack-centered self-image, you will not draw to yourself conditions that are foreign to this self-image.

The key is to seek first the kingdom. That is, forget trying to manifest riches and commit to mining the riches of your soul. The more the beauty of your spiritual essence rises into your awareness, the more naturally you will attract corresponding conditions. You don’t invoke the law of attraction any more than you invoke the law of gravity. What you express as you is the attracting agent. The more of your limitless self you express, the freer, more prosperous your conditions naturally become.

 

 

The Truth About The Law of Attraction

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Much has been written about the law of attraction and the possible role it can play in enhancing every aspect of our life. In simple terms, it’s the understanding that, coupled with a sound plan of action, we can turn our thoughts into things and conditions. Unfortunately, there are those who give the impression that by merely visualizing and affirming wealth or some other desirable condition, the universe will go to work to lay it at our feet with little or no effort on our part.

It’s important to understand that we do not invoke any natural law. The law of attraction has always been in play. Our life, in fact, is the result of this law in action. To think we can suddenly begin visualizing prosperity when we’ve spent much of each waking day battling thoughts of lack is to overlook another law that actually sets the tone and direction for the law of attraction. This is the law of expression. How you see yourself determines what you will attract.

The law of expression involves conscious union with your soul, or as Paul Tillich called it, the ground of being. When you touch this spiritual dimension, its qualities radiate through your being and your consciousness. Jesus put it in different terms but with the same meaning: Seek first the kingdom of God (the law of expression), and all these things will be added (the law of attraction – Matthew 6:33).

When we seek to invoke the law of attraction from a disposition of lack – an inadequate self-image – we attract matching conditions. You can visualize huge piles of money all day long, but if you’re doing it from a fear-based, lack-centered self-image, you will not draw to yourself conditions that are foreign to this self-image.

The key is to seek first the kingdom. That is, forget trying to manifest riches and commit to mining the riches of your soul. The more the beauty of your spiritual essence rises into your awareness, the more naturally you will attract corresponding conditions. You don’t invoke the law of attraction any more than you invoke the law of gravity. What you express as you is the attracting agent. The more of your limitless self you express, the freer, more prosperous your conditions naturally become.

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Aging

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Given our advancements in technology, the day may come when we actually reverse or even stop the aging process. In the meantime, it’s estimated that by 2020 the global market for anti-aging products will be worth $331.3 billion. The only thing money has purchased thus far is a temporary gloss-over of the aging process. We can make ourselves look and even feel younger, but so far, no one has penetrated that seeming impermeable barrier of advancing age. To the contrary, French fashion designer, Coco Chanel (1883-1971) probably got it right when she said, “Nothing makes a woman [or a man] look so old as trying desperately hard to look young.

It’s understandable that we prefer youth to aging, especially when aging is accompanied by a deterioration of our physical and/or mental faculties. An important aspect we overlook, however, is the thing that happens when we gaze into the mirror and see that increasingly lined face looking back at us. Our soul is certain that it is not that aging person we see. From our soul’s perspective, we’re still at the peak of youth and vitality. The changes we observe are not us, but another we scarcely recognize.

The soul is correct. I’ve wondered how many bodies I’ve seen staring back at me from a mirror. I don’t dwell on this sort of thing, but I accept that it’s true. I am not this physical vehicle that allows me to interface with my material environment. But I live in a culture that seems determined to lure me into thinking otherwise. Science tells me that my body and brain are all I am. Religion tells me that missteps while in this body can earn me an eternity in hell. Society tells me that the comfort and preservation of this body takes precedence over every other consideration.

To make peace with our aging body, we must first find the peace of our soul. The day will come for each one of us when we step from the confines of the body. I think we will look back on this time and say to ourselves, “If I only knew then what I can see clearly now, I would have lived a freer, happier life in my body.” I don’t think this realization has to wait. Let’s work toward knowing now what we will surely know then.

 

 

The Truth About Spiritual Healing Video

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Healing has always been an important aspect of both Traditional and New Thought Christian approaches. While both encourage faith in God, New Thought emphasizes the importance of individual understanding and attitude. We start with the truth of our oneness with God and our wholeness at the soul level.

For a variety of reasons, the body can malfunction in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand. We may see a health challenge as a spiritual test, a catalyst for learning, a wake-up call of some type, or the outworking of a bout of prolonged anxiety. There may be truth to some or all of these, but we do not want to linger too long on causes. Referring to a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus if it was the man or his parents who had sinned. Jesus basically said it didn’t matter, that this was an opportunity to see the works of God. The man was healed of his blindness.

Think of your body as a television set. Think of your soul as the programming picked up by the television. The television can malfunction, but the programming signal is still available. As soon as the television set is repaired, the signal is translated into a picture and sound.

Now think of your soul as your primary healing agent. Your soul, like the broadcasting signal, presses in upon every aspect of your mind and body. You may be guided to seek medical help, to change your diet, start an exercise routine, make some lifestyle adjustments, or simply take a deeper interest in your spiritual needs. The most important thing is holding the vision of your soul, complete in every way, freely pressing in upon and through your body in ways that are balancing, peace-bringing, and radiant with warm, healing energy.

If you need to know what brought about your physical condition, trust that you will be made aware of this. There’s no need to stress over it. The body has millions of moving parts, and your soul is endowed with the intelligence to keep them moving in harmony. Hold this vision with an open mind and heart. You are whole now.

 

The Truth About Spiritual Healing

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Healing has always been an important aspect of both Traditional and New Thought Christian approaches. While both encourage faith in God, New Thought emphasizes the importance of individual understanding and attitude. We start with the truth of our oneness with God and our wholeness at the soul level.

For a variety of reasons, the body can malfunction in ways that are sometimes difficult to understand. We may see a health challenge as a spiritual test, a catalyst for learning, a wake-up call of some type, or the outworking of a bout of prolonged anxiety. There may be truth to some or all of these, but we do not want to linger too long on causes. Referring to a man blind from birth, the disciples asked Jesus if it was the man or his parents who had sinned. Jesus basically said it didn’t matter, that this was an opportunity to see the works of God. The man was healed of his blindness.

Think of your body as a television set. Think of your soul as the programming picked up by the television. The television can malfunction, but the programming signal is still available. As soon as the television set is repaired, the signal is translated into a picture and sound.

Now think of your soul as your primary healing agent. Your soul, like the broadcasting signal, presses in upon every aspect of your mind and body. You may be guided to seek medical help, to change your diet, start an exercise routine, make some lifestyle adjustments, or simply take a deeper interest in your spiritual needs. The most important thing is holding the vision of your soul, complete in every way, freely pressing in upon and through your body in ways that are balancing, peace-bringing, and radiant with warm, healing energy.

If you need to know what brought about your physical condition, trust that you will be made aware of this. There’s no need to stress over it. The body has millions of moving parts, and your soul is endowed with the intelligence to keep them moving in harmony. Hold this vision with an open mind and heart. You are whole now.

 

The Truth About Fear

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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

Of all the many mental and emotional states that threaten to disrupt our peace of mind, fear is undoubtedly at the top of many people’s list. Fear does not require facts to do its unsettling work. Any hypothetical scenario will do. The basis of fear is the perception that someone or something has the power to rob us of a thing we value. The above passage suggests otherwise.

In his second letter to Timothy, Paul reminds us of the correct starting point for purging the debilitating toxin of fear. We begin with the realization that fear is not part of our spiritual makeup. Because we all experience fear, we may have treated it as a universal condition over which we have little or no control. If, on the other hand, we accept as true that our spiritual core is one of power, love, and a sound mind, then we begin to look upon fear as an unnatural response to a given situation.

We want to understand that a normal response is different from a natural response. While most of us might accept fear as our normal reaction, Paul is pointing out that fear is not the natural reaction of one who is centered in their spiritual power, grounded in love, anchored in the clarity of a sound mind.

If you are involved in a situation that sparks fear in you, realize that you are under no obligation to be swept away in this emotional turbulence. Pull your attention away from the appearance and re-establish yourself in this truth:

I was not given a spirit of fear. My spirit is powerful and I am guided by love. My mind is sound and secure in the truth that greater good is now unfolding in my life. Thank you God, that this is true!

Fear is a habit, not an obligation. Begin now to embrace the truth of who and what you are as an expression of God.